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  1. #11
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    Feb 2016
    Hillsboro, Oregon, USA


    If you choose to paint the bird, try using acrylic fabric paints or even fabric dyes if you have an air brush. They're made to absorb into fabric instead of giving it an unworkable coat that latex paints will. It might help to Google "using fabric paints on fake fur." Cosplayers and Furries do a lot of work coloring their fake fur costumes, and like folks here, they're really happy to show how they do things. I'd watch a few videos and read a few articles before diving right in. And maybe pick up a chunk of fake fur that looks similar to your parrot and try things out before committing it to being painted.

    Another thing to think about is just hacking off some of your parrot's "feathers". If you're going to make a zombie bird, roughing up his look by cutting away parts of the perfectly coiffed bird might work. Bobzilla's Davy Jones Parrot is a perfect example of adding a ribcage to the bird to give it a look that says "zombie". While you can't actually cut into the working mechanism, removing portions of the fur and painting the sublayer to look like bone might be very effective. Also as you get him even more worked over, adding a few beat up real feathers where they would be can also make it look as if there are many others missing.

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  3. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    San Diego CA


    Quote Originally Posted by Rustie View Post
    Wow, looks awesome! What do you use to thin the acrylic paints? Just water?
    Yes, just water.
    The fur is still soft and pliable on the parrot.
    Full strength paint would make the fur too stiff.
    "I love you in droves......like a murder of crows"

  4. #13
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    Sep 2013
    Rhode Island
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    A lot of painting going on ..how about taking some of those small skeletons and add in the bones and glue them to his outside body

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  6. #14


    Thanks for the tips you guys!

    And stuffyteddybare I plan to do just that! I am going to cut some areas of the feather away and glue in bones from a few of the skeleton birs I have from previous years.

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